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Durham Raid Yields Evidence of Illegal Lottery

Posted March 31, 2008
Updated April 2, 2008

— Durham Police and Durham County ABC Police raided a home Saturday night and recovered drugs, weapons, liquor and illegal lottery tickets.

Approximately 40 people were present in the home at 3017 Fayetteville St. at the time of the raid. Eight were arrested.

Officers seized two shotguns, marijuana, cocaine, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), drug paraphernalia, approximately 25 bottles of liquor, 122 bottles and cans of beer, $224 in cash and 11 sheets of illegal ball tickets.

The following people are under arrest:

  • Richard Anthony Curtin, of Whippoorwill Street, and Robert Alexander Belcher, of Amber Place, were charged with possession of powder cocaine.
  •  Michelle Satterfield, of Troy Street, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Wanda Williams Quick, of East Pilot Street, was charged with possession of illegal ball tickets
  • Shirley Asher, of Junction Road, was charged with possession of illegal ball tickets, acting as an agent for an illegal lottery and dealing in lotteries.
  • Arthur Yancey McKenzie, 59, of Elmira Avenue, was charged with trafficking in Schedule 1 drugs, operating a lottery, possession of lottery tickets, selling lottery tickets and possessing/selling alcohol without a permit.

Orders for arrest were also issued for Janice Yvette Green, of South Alston Avenue, and Ancie Howard Allen, of Dearborn Drive.


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  • foetine Mar 31, 2008

    I bet their lottery pays off in a lump sum instead of those poor folks who will be paraded around as instant millionaires, but are only getting $25K a year for 20 years. Money's nice, but is it worth every sleazeball in the state ringing your doorbell looking for your money

  • john283594 Mar 31, 2008

    Basically people who gamble are stupid...

    Except those who win...;)

  • UNCRedhead1 Mar 31, 2008

    I agree with you hpr641, especially point #2...the little money they do HAVE, is going down the drain on "wishin and a hopin." It is just so sad to me. Thanks for the comment.

  • hpr641 Mar 31, 2008

    People, it's not as simple as "Well, if you don't like the lottery, then don't play." There's 2 important things you're leaving out:

    1) The money played on the NC lottery has to come from somewhere. That place is money that would have gone back into this state's economy. Which do you think helps the NC GDP more a) someone spending $100 on NC goods & services, or b) someone buying $100 worth of lottery tickets (a strong percentage of which goes to the out-of-state vendor)?

    2) Much of the money played on the lottery comes from people on NC public assistance of some kind, thus less likely to be able to wean themselves off public assistance.

    I haven't played, don't play, and won't play the NC lottery, but I AM impacted by it in several negative ways.

  • just trying Mar 31, 2008

    What's really sad is the fact that lottery tickets are most popular with the people that can least afford them. Have you ever been at the convenience store and seen someone pull up in a BMW wearing a $700 Brook's Brothers suit and purchase a stack of pick 3s? I don't think so.

  • enoughsenough Mar 31, 2008

    If you dont like it, don't play. MYOB!

  • ContinuityMan Mar 31, 2008

    "Are you proud of NC's EDUCATION Lottery? Do YOU think gambling is a good thing? Don't you want our children to grow up and play the lottery?"

    If you answered NO to any of the above, well, your vote never counted!

  • ger Mar 31, 2008

    hey djof.....there are several new millionaires in nc that are

  • djofraleigh Mar 31, 2008

    I wonder if the "illegal" tickets odds are better than the state's?

    Since the state promotes and profits from gambling on the NC Lottery, it can't be that they were arrested for gambling, so it must that they didn't give the state a cut, but hey, no, the state wants a monopoly on gambling.

    Are you proud of NC's EDUCATION Lottery?

    Do YOU think gambling is a good thing?

    Don't you want our children to grow up and play the lottery? Think of all the good it is doing them.

    If you answered NO to any of the above, well, nevermind.

    I don't like what the lottery teaches...that you get something for nothing, that a false hope is hope, and, if you are lucky, to feel good about getting ahead of others without being able to take any pride in yourself for doing so. Bothers me to have MY government take advantage of its citizens, too.

    Well, for those who wanted the lottery, you have it, so enjoy it. I can't.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 31, 2008


    Exactly right lizard.